Emily Overholt gains confidence at Speedo Western Canadian Championships

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NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. – Emily Overholt of West Vancouver bettered her personal best by five seconds on Saturday in her 400-metre freestyle victory at the Speedo Western Canadian Championships swimming competition.

Overholt, a bronze medallist in the at the world junior championships last year in Dubai, clocked four minutes and 09.53 seconds for her second gold medal of the competition in the 16 and over age group.

She won the 400-m IM on Friday.

“I gained a lot of confidence last year,” said Overholt, 16. “I have a lot of motivation this season to do better. This year I’m already seeing a lot of improvement in my endurance and that showed in tonight’s race.”

Other women highlights Saturday included a third gold medal for Olympian Amanda Reason who prevailed in the 50-m breaststroke and a victory for national team member Noemie Thomas of Vancouver in the 100-m butterfly.

Many of the swimmers here are also preparing for next week’s Canadian university championships in Toronto including Keegan Zanatta of Victoria who prevailed in the men’s 17 and over 400-m freestyle.

Zanatta set a meet record and personal best 3:44.54 in the race.

“It shows that my preparations are going well for the CIS Championships,” said Zanatta, 20. “I’m especially happy with my front end speed right now. I’m working my way towards making the national team.”

Two swimmers on the men’s side collected a fourth gold. Markus Thormeyer of Delta, B.C., with a win in the 200-m backstroke and Edwin Zhao of White Rock, B.C., first in the 400-m freestyle. Both swim in the 16 and under age group.

Competition ends Sunday at the Canada Games Pool. Preliminaries are at 9 a.m. and finals are at 5 p.m.

Full results at https://swimming.ca/liveresults/2014speedowestern/

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